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Pinellas tourism another record-breaker in July


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CLEARWATER — July was another record month for tourist development tax collections in Pinellas County, and county tourism officials anticipate breaking last year’s $28.7 million record by the end of the fiscal year in September.

The county collected $2.9 million in July, up 9.4 percent over the previous year, Daving Downing, the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s deputy director, said today.

So far, the county has collected just over $27 million with two months left in the fiscal year, he said.

August numbers, which will be released next month, are expected to be down compared to last year because of an abnormal month in 2012, when Tampa was host to the Republican National Convention. Many people here for the convention stayed in Pinellas County.

Also at today’s Tourist Development Council meeting, the Tallahassee-based Florida Sports Foundation announced it would open its first satellite office in Clearwater next year.

The foundation runs amateur sporting events such as Florida’s Sunshine State Games and the Florida International Senior Games.

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